It is very seldom that we get good weather in Ireland. As a result, us Dubliners wouldn’t be known to dine outdoors very often and the majority of our eateries don’t cater those who prefer al fresco.
Thankfully, today marks the beginning of the Leaving Certificate Exams which means great weather is here to stay for the rest of us thankfully beyond those days…
Here is a list of my favourite places to eat in outdoors in Dublin when the weather is good;
1. Herbstreet, Grand Canal Dock.
Herbstreet is one of those lovely little restaurants that I normally only frequent for breakfast/brunch. Often when I’m there, I spot a few poor souls settling for seats outside in minus degree weather because the place is so popular and the food really is that good. Now that the weather is good, I imagine a very different scene entirely; perched facing the waterfront at Grand Canal Dock, Herbstreet is the perfect spot for a pasta primavera and a glass of white wine. Check out there dinner menu here.
2. Marco Pierre White, Donnybrook.
Following the success of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill on Dawson Street, the celebrity chef opened another carnivorous eatery situated within the leafy suburbs of Donnybrook in late-2013. As you would expect, the menu at the Courtyard Bar and Grill features a variety of different steaks ranging from €26 – €34, but it also does a great early bird too (1 Course €15.95, 2 Courses €21.95 and 3 Courses €26.95).
3. The Taphouse, Ranelagh.
The Taphouse in Ranelagh (formerly Russell’s) is one of very few pubs in Dublin that boasts a sizable rooftop beer garden overlooking one of the city’s most popular villages. Come to think of it, there is no other pub like it. The rooftop area is the perfect suntrap for dining al fresco in Dublin and the menu is delicious and great value too.
4. Chez Max, Baggot Street.
Being brutally honest, there’s nothing striking about Chez Max when you walk past the exterior of the building on Dublin’s Baggot Street. What happens when you step inside, however, is a different scene entirely. Dimmed lighting, archways, and exposed brick transport you to somewhere Mediterranean and rustic; making it easy to forget that you’re in Dublin 2.
At the back of the restaurant is a small outdoor courtyard with stairs leading up to a bigger outdoor area (with a small bar tucked away in the corner too). Surrounded by plants and patio heaters, this place has a secret garden feel to it – making it one of my favourite places to eat outdoors in Dublin. Check out their menu here.
5. Osteria Lucio, Grand Canal.
In the former location of what used to be Pizza e Porchetta, nestled underneath the arches at the Malting Tower on Grand Canal Dock is Osteria Lucio, a new & revamped Italian eatery from Michelin Chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One.
Every time I’ve walked by Osteria Lucio, the terrace at the front is filled with people sipping wine and eating charcuterie. Another thing that makes this place particularly appealing is the fact that it is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre; so you can enjoy your meal in a much more peaceful setting. Check out their menu here.